Rotor blades struck propeller during takeoff, Shoreham Airport, 1 November 2014.
During the initial part of an attempted takeoff from Runway 20 at Shoreham Airport, the gyroplane rotors came into contact with the propeller causing damage to the rotor blades, the tips of the propeller blades and the tailplane. The pilot rejected the takeoff and steered the gyroplane into the grass at the side of the runway. The control inputs and forward speed were inappropriate for the rotor speed, resulting in retreating blade stall. The pilot did not have much experience of busy airfields and believes this was a factor.
Published: 9 April 2015
Date of occurrence: 1 November 2014